Why Do Americans Have Social Security Cards And Not A National ID?

Here's a fact that may be news to some Americans: in most other countries, citizens have a national ID card. Not so in the United States. Instead, we have a social security card, which began as a way for the Social Security Administration to keep track of workers, but was soon borrowed by the Internal Revenue Service as a way to keep track of taxation. The story behind the social security card is long and fascinating. Learn about it below.

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Written by Curiosity Staff March 31, 2017

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